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Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0

Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0

August 16 - 21, 2016

Room 315, Engineering Building, Portland State University

Course Faculty: Peter Koonce, Nick Falbo, Roger Geller, Jessica Roberts, Dana Dickman, Rebecca Sanders


Registration for this course is now closed.

Course Overview

The field of bikeway planning and design has been evolving rapidly over the last decade. As communities have put bikeway plans into effect, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t -- how to plan effectively, design correctly and make investments that get results.

We’ve distilled those lessons into our comprehensive bikeway planning and design course. The pioneers and leading practitioners in the field will teach the fundamentals of bikeway planning and design through an intensive week of classroom sessions and tours. The instruction and interaction with other participants will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and teach you the skills and techniques you need to get started on your next project.

Instructors draw from their years of experience, along with project examples, to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. Special emphasis is placed on working with stakeholders and navigating through varied levels of support and opposition to achieve the project goal. 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context
  • List the different ways that a bicycle facility can meet or not meet the needs of people who bike
  • Describe the tradeoffs of designing better facilities to accommodate all road users
  • Identify various options for treating intersections that incorporate bicycle facilities
  • Describe the health benefits of active transportation
  • Identify opportunities, strategies and programs to encourage more people to bike and walk
  • Talk to an engineer and communicate effectively with them about facility requirements
  • Build your personal network with experts from the various facets of bikeway design
  • Feel rejuvenated and excited to go back to work and make an impact

Over the years, the Portland area has implemented numerous types of innovative bicycle facilities and treatments, providing a unique “living laboratory” to study. Daily field tours provide first-hand experience with these facilities and projects discussed in the classroom. These tours showcase not just the operational qualities but also how bikeway planning affects community livability and economic development. 


To view this year's agenda, click on the link below:

1.0 Detailed Agenda - final.pdf


Special addition to 2016 workshop!

This year's workshop will be coordinated in conjunction with the 2016 International Open Streets Summit, which will be hosted by IBPI at Portland State University. Three days of the workshop will take place at the Summit in which a Bikeway Design track will be built into the conference session offerings. The workshop and conference will conclude with Sunday Parkways-- Portland's premier open streets event. The registration fee covers the IBPI 1.0 workshop and the International Open Streets Summit.



    Who Should Attend: People interested in nurturing cycling in their communities, including urban planners, advocates, policymakers, transportation engineers and other transportation professionals. People looking to make low-risk investments in proven bicycle plans and facilities. This class has a planning focus, with some engineering issues covered.

    Registration: The fee for this professional development course is $1,000. This includes entrance into the National Open Streets Summit (see info above), continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, and course materials. The fee does not include travel, lodging or other meals while in Portland. Visit our Accommodations page for more information about lodging options in the PSU-campus area.

    Registration for this course is now closed.

    Course Notes: Students must be able to bike up to 10 miles a day, and expect mild elevation. Week-long bike rentals are available for $75. Please request the bike rental when registering for the workshop.

    Continuing Education Credits: This 5-day workshop is typically eligible for 27 hours of training which equals to 27 CMs or 27 PDHs. IBPI applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each course. We will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours. 

    View photos from previous workshops!